LOS ANGELES (June 22, 2010) Antonio Harrison, a doctoral student in the Applied Behavior Analysis Psy.D. program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) in Los Angeles has been elected to the coveted position of Student Representative to the Executive Council of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). Harrison will serve a term from 2010 to 2013, and will be one of seven voting members on ABAI policies which directly influence research, education and practice-related issues for behavior analysts around the world.
"We are extremely proud that Antonio will represent TCSPP students with the Executive Council of ABAI," said Dr. Michele Nealon-Woods, campus president for the TCSPP campuses in Los Angeles, Westwood and Irvine and president-elect of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. "The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is committed to providing training that offers a global perspective, and this is an outstanding opportunity to do so in a growing and increasingly influential area of psychology."
The ABAI is the primary professional organization for members interested in the philosophy, science, application and teaching of behavior analysis. Providing a forum for global education and exchange of ideas among professionals in the field, the ABAI and affiliate members have nearly 13,500 members. Harrison was one of two final nominees for the position and was elected by voting members from around the world.
"Antonio and the TCSPP Los Angeles community worked tirelessly on the campaign, and the relationship with ABAI will undoubtedly be of great benefit to our students, putting us on the cutting edge of what is happening in the field of applied behavior analysis," said Dr. Rachel Findel-Pyles, lead faculty for the Applied Behavior Analysis program at the TCSPP Los Angeles campus.
Harrison is in the second year of his doctoral program at TCSPP. A former elementary school teacher, he is a full-time student, a football coach and a new father. Harrison's current research involves the evaluation of effective teaching practices to improve athletic performance in high school players. His goal is to become a sports psychologist for professional athletes.
"Being selected for this role is indeed an honor," said Harrison. "It's an incredible opportunity to interact with some of the top professionals in the field, and to be asked to provide policy perspective as a student of behavioral analysis. I look forward to getting started and bringing my experiences back to campus."
About The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Founded in 1979, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) is the nation's leading nonprofit graduate school dedicated exclusively to the applications of psychology and related behavioral sciences. The school is an active member of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, which has recognized TCSPP for its distinguished service and outstanding contributions to cultural diversity and advocacy. The school's community service initiatives have resulted in three consecutive years of recognition on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service to disadvantaged youth. In 2009, the school was named to The Chronicle of Higher Education's annual list of "Great Colleges to Work For." Campuses are located in Chicago; in Los Angeles, Westwood, and Irvine, California; and a new campus is proposed for Washington, D.C., which is awaiting final approval from the Higher Learning Commission. Programs are offered on-ground and in an online-blended format.
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